Guide to Alternative Medicine and the Digestive System

Anil Minocha, MD FACP FACG

Chapter 43: Gastroparesis (continued)

KEY POINTS Therapies based on Chinese medicine (eg, STW 5 and acupuncture) are effective. Dietary lifestyle modifications like small, frequent, low-fiber meals may help symptoms. Mind-body therapies have a beneficial effect. INTRODUCTION There is paucity of prokinetic medications in mainstream medicine. Metoclopramide, or Reglan, is full of side effects mediated by its effects on the nervous system, is the target of many lawsuits, and is avoided by many physicians. Cisapride had to be withdrawn from the market a few years ago because of serious side effects. Benefit from erythromycin is…